From the Editor: It’s Time to Listen


nuclearEACH ONE OF US has spurned wisdom given to us by an elder. We want to do something, and we want to do it now. We are warned not to do it, but we go out and do it anyway. Over time, through experience, we learn that there are consequences. Our elders see the result of our actions before we do. We think we know what is best, but we’re often woefully short-sighted.

Consider Earth, Present Day. Not only is climate change producing more severe and more deadly storms, but epic environmental disasters continue to damage life as we know it.

Our elders speak
A “Fukushima Statement” was released in October by indigenous elders of North and South America, who are “working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings.”

A portion of the statement reads:

“…We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here….

“Powerful technologies are out of control and are threatening the future of all life….

“Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world. It is the combination of resource extraction, genetically modified organisms, moral failures, pollution, introduction of invasive species and much, much more that are threatening the future of life on Earth….

“We strongly urge for the governmental authorities to respond with an open invitation to work and consult with us to solve the world’s problems, without war. We must stop waging war against Mother Earth, and ourselves….

“We are all responsible in varying degrees for calling forth this spirit of destruction, thus we are all bound to begin restoring what we have damaged by helping one another recover our sacred responsibility to the Earth. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, offer our spiritual insight, wisdom and vision to the global community to help guide the actions needed to overcome the current threats to all life.

“We only have to look at our own bodies to recognize the sacred purpose of water on Mother Earth. We respect and honor our spiritual relationship with the lifeblood of Mother Earth. One does not sell or contaminate their mother’s blood. These capitalistic actions must stop and we must recover our sacred relationship with the Spirit of Water….

“All Life is sacred. We come into Life as sacred beings. When we abuse the sacredness of Life, we affect all Creation.

“We urge all Nations and human beings around the world to work with us, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, to restore the Original Instructions and uphold the Creator’s Natural Law as a foundation for all decision making, from this point forward….

“We must work in unity to help Mother Earth heal so that she can bring back balance and harmony for all her children.”

Will we listen?
Environmentally destructive corporate interests seek profit over the welfare of humanity over all. Will they listen to their elders? Probably not.

It is up to us, as individuals to take up the reins of spiritual maturity — in all aspects of our lives. We can treat each other more fairly, particularly when money is exchanged. We can observe the Golden Rule and care for those who are unable to care for themselves. Please remember the children in poverty this holiday season, in your prayers and your actions.

Read the Fukushima Statement by the council of elders

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